Hassan Abbasi, the Iranian regime political strategist, IRGC officer and head of the IRGC’s think-tank, the ‘Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis’
In this undated video footage of a lecture to a group of students, Hassan Abbasi, a prominent Iranian regime political strategist, IRGC officer and head of the IRGC’s think-tank, the ‘Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis, scolds an unidentified student who has questioned the Iranian regime’s massive financial support for Hezbollah
Abbasi, who is notorious for his conspiracy theories as much as for his zealous loyalty to the regime, tells the audience that funding Hezbollah as a proxy, which he describes as “cultural work”, creating a community and helping Lebanese people to grow by speaking Persian, the regime is protecting Iran, as well as resisting Israel.
The regime official airily dismisses concerns over spending money on a Lebanese militia given the worsening poverty and social problems in Iran, saying that the money spent on Hezbollah is like a “vaccination” for Iran, helping to defend the body of the country.
“My response to the youth who asked why we should help Lebanon and other places was this: you buy a submarine for $150 million. And at military drills, you see how beautiful it is and [how] it moves in the water. Do you know, when the war breaks out it will be targeted before it leaves Bandar Abbas and Bushehr and from such a distance that we would never know who did it? But instead of spending $150 million on a submarine, you can reason like this: if you pay one million dollars to a guerrilla organization each year, you’ve done cultural work, you’ve helped them grow by using your language, and you have created a community. And then, at the right time, they will be your proxy (Go and search this word, because they themselves are using it). And it won’t be for one or two days. The Iraqi army with 1 million soldiers could only last 21 days against the U.S. For 34 days, Hezbollah that receives your financial help kept Israel behind the gate of Lebanon. Let me ask the youth: Do you understand what that means?
Of course, the country [Iran] has problems, poor people, homeless people, and unemployed people. And it has a ministry for it. But why do you say that a part of the defense ministry’s budget should go there? The country needs to be defended. Why do you pay the health ministry’s budget in full? Because defending the body is important – vaccination, etcetera. These are for defending the body. National defense is also defending the body of the nation.”